UPDATE [from Give me my @&$* book!]:
THEY HAVE MY BOOK.
Borders just won a bunch of points from me (I’m typically a Barnes&Noble/Amazon kid)…
On some sane advice [via], I sent an email to Paperblanks. I’ve not yet heard back, but I ran another sweep of stores.
And Borders’ website said I could special order it to one of the stores. So I signed up for that. A little while later, an email appeared saying the expected, “we don’t have it, but you can check with your store anyway in case they do. here’s their number.” Hopeful but expecting the usual lack of success, I called and spoke to a very nice guy who said he thought they had it. I warned him (nicely) that this is the blue, mini, horizontal book with the magnetic clasp. Not green, not vertical, not slim. He said yes, he’d look for it. I was on hold a while. He came back and said he’d call me back after spending more time looking for it. Nice guy. So just now I get a call. “we have it.” he says. “…… really? the horizontal? blue? mini? magnetic? ..??” “yes, it’s a bit less than 4 × 6 inches…” “that’s it! have you any idea …!? May I please put that on reserve?! Thank you so much!” YAY
I’m going to pick it up after work today. Maybe I shouldn’t be so happy about something so small/superficial. But it’s an object that will spend tons of time with me all of next year, most every day, and I’ll be jotting events and information and thoughts and ideas and memories that I can keep forever.. and this is a little victory and I’m happy and that’s the way that is.